[John Muir]


Mary [Muir]


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[4]which you cannot easily find in the woods. Write to me before you go and I will send you a letter of introduction to Prof. Butler's family & they will introduce you to others & you will soon feel at home. If David has any of my money you & Anna can take it & go when you wish or let me know & I will send you some. I mean to travel in South America & perhaps in Europe but I have more or will soon have more than I will need, unless I should happen to be taken sick. I have been engaged for the last five weeks in shearing sheep but will soon go to work at something else, haying or harvesting then shearing again, & then away on more travels. I work hard but make money pretty fast & botanize & study when I can at nights &odd times. I had a letter from Anna that I meant to answer today but it will soon be sundown and I have three or four miles to walk over the hills to where I am shearing Yours with much love[1] Near La Grange Cal. May 3d'69.Dear Mary, Your note of March 18th reached me a few days ago & in answer to the question it contains, I would say without any hesitation that to sketch residences etc. for a living is about the most unpractical & unhappy plan you could possibly entertain. A photographer can produce a picture in a few minutes that would cost you the labor of as many weeks & the practical taste of most people now adays would cause them to prefer the photograph to the pencil picture. I think that you would find it less difficult to earn $100 by teaching drawing than to earn $1 by selling drawings. In a thousand young persons


Near La Grange, Calif.

Date Original

1869 May 2


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Reel 02, Image 0085

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